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Although Polonius is bent on servitude and devotion to King Claudius he is torn between his career ambitions and his family Polonius deceitful actions serve as an epitome of a typical character in Hamlet He is a politician and politicians are generally two faced individuals For example while his son Laertes was prepping to leave Denmark to travel to France Polonius gave him a fatherly speech of proper manners In the following act he sends a servant to France to seek inconsistencies in Laertess conduct Also to further fuel his aspirations he stoops as low to use his own daughter Ophelia to extract information from Hamlet just to impress King Claudius Polonius craves acceptance and hell do anything to maintain his image to Claudius Before Laertes left for college in France Polonius delivers a consultative speech of integrity and sensibility And these few precepts in thy memory Look thou character Give thy thoughts no tongue Nor any unproportioned thought his act Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar Those friends thou hast and their adoption tried Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatchd unfledgd comrade Beware Of entrance to a quarrel but being in Beart that the opposed may beware of thee Give every man thine ear but few thy voice Take each mans censure but reserve thy judgment Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy But not expressd in fancy rich not gaudy For the apparel oft proclaims the man And they in France of the best rank and station Are most select and generous chief in that Neither a borrower nor a lender be For loan oft loses both itself and friend And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry This above all--to thine own self be true And it must follow as the night the day Thou canst not then be false to any man Farewell My
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